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Play Work

Posted on Monday, January 13, 2003

Wales Play work moves ahead

The Wales Assembly has launched a comprehensive play policy. In launching the policy Jane Hutt, Minister for Health and Social Services said “The policy identifies the central feature of play – the fact that it is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. It recognises that all levels of government should include consideration of the impact of decisions on children’s opportunities to play. It also recognises that modern society has significantly reduced the opportunity for children to play freely and commits the Assembly to encourage high quality ‘comensatory provision – privision that is appropriate, local, innovative, stimulating and challenging for our children.”

The task now is for all the partners in the sector including the Union to translate the new positive policy into strategy and practice.

Local authority play development contacts in Wales are:

Bridgend - Leanne Rowlands 01656 642725

CardiffDoug Cole  0292087 3909

Conwy - Amanda Williams  01492 575364

Denbighshire - Matt Hayes  01745 583 375

FlintshireAlan Roberts  01352 702469

GwyneddBethan Lloyd  01286 679452

MonmouthshireMark Sainsbury 01633 644548

Neath Port Talbot - Alison Evans 01639 861034

Newport  - Amanda Lister 01633 232752

Rhondda Cynon Taff  - Chris Southern  01443 665512

Swansea - Jackie Dorrian  01792 635154

Torfaen - Idris Bevan 01633 628966

Vale of Glamorgan - Dave Beadle  01446 709811

Wrexham - Vicky Burrows  01978 317688

Ynys Mon - Steve Roberts  01248 750149

New qualifications framework

A new qualifications framework now exists for play work training. There are new demands to get qualified, but increasing dissatisfaction with the NVQ element of qualification and the lack of assessors gives cause for the profession to look more closely at the excellent work of Play Wales and its self accreditation system First Choice which is a path breaking route to qualification.

Play Words is back

Play workers have welcomed the return of a publication for all those passionate about play – PLAYWORDS. Subscriptions cst 30, contact: Common Threads, Wessex House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO5O 9FD, Tel 07000 785 215 [email protected]

Black organisations recognise the value of play

Congratulations to play workers in Cardiff who have received an award for work encouraging diversity. The Black Voluntary Sector Network recognised the importance of play workers in minority ethnic communities.



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